Timsbury, Hampshire

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Timsbury is located in Hampshire
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District Test Valley
Shire county Hampshire
Region South East
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town Andover
Postcode district SP10
Dialling code 01264
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Coordinates: 51°01′12″N 1°30′20″W / 51.019875°N 1.505549°W / 51.019875; -1.505549

Timsbury is a village located in Hampshire, England, near the town of Romsey. It lies mainly along the A3057 road running north from Romsey towards Stockbridge, and shares a boundary with the village of Michelmersh.

It has a population of approximately 400[citation needed].


The name "Timsbury" is derived from the Old English timber + byrig (dative of burh), meaning 'timber fort or manor'.[1]

Timsbury has grown from a traditional village centred on the Manor House (now split into many dwellings) and the Church of St Andrew. Although there may have been a Saxon church, the current Grade II listed[2] building dates from around the early 15th century and was badly damaged by fire on 9 March 2014.[3]

Historically, Edmund Sharp and his wife Alice moved from the county of Berkshire to Timsbury towards the end of the seventeenth century. A direct descendant of Edmund Sharp was Richard Sharp (politician), once hailed as possibly being the most popular man in Georgian London.[4]

An interesting anecdote has survived concerning one of Edmund's sons, Richard, who, born in 1665 gained a reputation as an accomplished wrestler and ‘cudgeller’ in the area. Even in those days cudgelling was a very old custom and especially popular in the West of England where great pride was attached to skills which were often handed from father to son. It was a fast and furious activity conducted brutally using a short club and the expression ‘to break a head’ was associated with the cudgeller’s sport since the victor was he who first drew blood from a gash to the head.

The story recorded by his grandson and clearly cherished by later generations underlines the extent of Richard’s physical prowess,

While he lived at Romsey he of a summer’s day rode up to Timsbury, where he lived, where he had been brought up and where when young he had been so fond of wrestling. It so happened that a stage was erected and sitting on his horse he stayed long enough to see a man throw two or three men who had mounted the stage against him, till all were intimidated from entering the list; the conqueror …. triumphed on the stage with so much arrogance that my grandfather was tempted to humble him; therefore he got off his horse, mounted the stage, threw the boaster on his back and having humbled the boaster he immediately took horse and left them.[5]

In time the Sharp family became well established in the Romsey area and during the 18th and 19th centuries many of them held important positions as merchants or influential citizens of Romsey. A brass floor plate in Romsey Abbey commemorates many of them.

The late cartoonist Thelwell lived in the village adjacent to a horse riding school[citation needed].

Village Life[edit]

In modern Timsbury, the local amenities include a garden centre with cafe, a pub called "The Malthouse", a car sales garage, a fishery, St Andrew's Church of England church, a Jehovah Witness's Kingdom Hall, a recycling site, the Hunts Farm Sports Ground, and a pre-school. The ladies of Timsbury were bequeathed a hall which was used by the Women's Institute (WI), however, following a decline in local WI membership[citation needed] the hall was sold to the village band.

Many local facilities are shared within the civil parish of Michelmersh and Timsbury due to their close proximity, including the Jubilee (village) Hall and the sports pavilion. The villages share a common village design statement[6] to guide development in the area.

The local telephone exchange is located in nearby Braishfield, with most telephone numbers in the village 01794 368XXX. Due to the distance between Timsbury and Braishfield, broadband links are only about 2 megabits per second.

The parish publishes a bi-monthly newsletter distributed free to households in the parish.


Adjacent villages include Awbridge, Kimbridge, Mottisfont, Mottisfont & Dunbridge railway station, Lockerley, Houghton, Hampshire, Horsebridge railway station, Kings Sombourne, Braishfield, Hursley, Ampfield,

External links[edit]


  1. ^ Mills, A.D: A Dictionary of English Place-Names, page 330. Oxford University Press, 1991.
  2. ^ "Church of St Andrew - Michelmersh and Timsbury - Hampshire - England | British Listed Buildings". www.britishlistedbuildings.co.uk. Retrieved 2015-12-04. 
  3. ^ "Fire rips through historic Hampshire church". ITV News. Retrieved 2015-12-04. 
  4. ^ see Clayden, P. W. : The Early Life of Samuel Rogers Smith, Elder & Co. 1887.
  5. ^ Knapman, D. - Conversation Sharp - The Biography of a London Gentleman, Richard Sharp (1759-1835), in Letters, Prose and Verse. [Private Publication, 2004]p.1 British Library.
  6. ^ "Michelmersh & Timsbury VDS • Test Valley Borough Council". www.testvalley.gov.uk. Retrieved 2015-12-04.